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U.S. Westward Movement
The U.S. Westward Movement:
Objective: The student will incorporate research, creative writing
and design skills.
Resources: Teacher: Library resources for trails research;
drawing paper. Students: paper, pencil, scissors, marker, crayons.
Teacher Preparation: Arrange time to use library (3-4 class periods).
Write trail names on small pieces of paper: Cumberland Gap, Oregon Trail,
Sante Fe Trail, Chisholm Trail, or the settlement movements of your choice.
- Divide class into working groups.
- Have one student from each group draw a trail name.
- The students should write a brief report about their trail answering
questions like: When was the trail started? When was the year it was
last used? What groups of people used the trail? Where did the trail
begin and end?
- Have students write a final copy.
- Ask students to design a travel brochure for their trail. They need
to keep in mind the time period the trails were traveled, and write
for that time period (i.e. no television advertising!)
- Students create brochure with available art materials.
Variations/Options: Create other types of advertising; create